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Research News

  • Annual Teaching Excellence Awards

    Congratulations to Prof Gian-Luca Oppo who won the award of 'Most Enthusiastic Teacher 2016' and to Prof Stefan Kuhr on the award of 'Best Teacher in the Faculty of Science' at the Annual Teaching Excellence Awards (TEAS).

  • Physicists quantify the usefulness of ‘quantum weirdness’
    Quantum features have puzzled physicists since the birth of quantum mechanics, but such features are presently being tamed in the development of quantum information processing and of the next wave of quantum technologies, including quantum cryptography and quantum computers
  • Non-Conservative Interactions
    A recent collaboration between Strathclyde and the University of Auckland in New Zealand has investigated the controlled collisions of two dissipative solitons in an optical fibre ring and found that they either merge or annihilate each other.


  • Wed
    Hearing the Universe: Gravitational Wave Observation by LIGO

    "Gravitational waves, the final prediction of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, were finally confirmed after a century of speculation, debate, and concerted experiment. This marks the dawn of gravitational wave astronomy that will open up a new window upon the universe. As part of a major international effort, Strathclyde has played an important role in this momentous discovery."

    All welcome to attend.

    3pm Wednesday 24th February 2016, JA3.25 John Anderson Building

  • Mon
    Advanced Higher Day

    An additional Advanced Higher day for pupils and teachers taking Advanced Higher Physics. Register by Fri 8th Jan.

  • Wed
    John Anderson Research Colloquia

Discover more about The Department of Physics

What is a gravitational wave?

Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained.

Dr Nicholas Lockerbie, Reader in Department of Physics, tells us more:

Gravitational waves detected!

Gravitational waves have been detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction! The waves were observed at two separate LIGO sites in the United States. The discovery ushers in a new era of astronomy. Dr Nicholas Lockerbie tells us more:

New MSc in Industrial Photonics

Announcing the new postgraduate taught MSc to train physicists and engineers in photonics, a key enabling technology, underpinning many areas of industry.

As well as advanced academic courses, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a three-month research or development project based with one of our industrial partners, such as M Squared Lasers.

You'll also have the chance to develop your entrepreneurial skills by taking courses delivered by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Academic Opportunities with Strathclyde Physics

As part of the Strathclyde Global Talent Attraction Platform, the Department of Physics is seeking to build on recent success and attract leading scientists to complement our existing activities and build our team of leading researchers to further enhance our national and international position in research and the societal impact of our work.

We are particularly interested in expanding activity in the following areas:

  • Quantum Condensed Matter Physics
  • Quantum Optics, Information, and Metrology
  • Laser-Plasma Interactions

International & national partnerships

Our renowned research is strengthened by our many national and international partnerships. Find out more about who we're working with.

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